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Switzerland bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

May ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
* Thu Labour Day (BL BS FR JU LU NE SH SO TG TI ZH) Regional
Thu Ascension Day
Mon Whit Monday (except VS)
* Thu Corpus Christi (AG AI FR GR JU LU NW OW SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
* Sun St. Peter and St. Paul (GR TI) Regional
Fri National Day
* Fri Assumption (AG AI FR JU LU NW OW SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
* Thu Jeûne Genevois (GE) Regional
* Mon Day after the Federal Fast (BE NE VD) Regional
* Sat All Saints' Day (AG AI FR GR JU LU NW OW SG SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
* Mon Immaculate Conception (AG AI FR GR LU NW OW SO SZ TI UR VS ZG) Regional
Thu Christmas Day
Fri Saint Stephen's Day (except GE JU NE VD VS)
* Wed Restoration Day (GE) Regional
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Recent News and Updates

31 Oct 2012 Switzerland 2013 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2013 in Switzerland.  26 Oct 2012 Switzerland Bill To Extend May Day Public Holiday (Parlement du Canton du Valais-Sion) Four members of Switzerland's Valais Parliament, all from the Alliance De Gauche (ADG) party, have introduced a motion to further extend the observance of the May Day non-working public holiday to the Canton of Valais.  10 Oct 2011 Switzerland 2012 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays, most of which are also non-working public holidays, for the calendar year 2012 in Switzerland.  10 Apr 2011 Switzerland Bill Would Create Thanksgiving Public Holiday (20 Minutes Online-Bern) A member of the Swiss Parliament, Ricardo Lumengo, has announced he wants to introduce legislation to create a new annual non-working national public holiday to thank foreigners for their contribution to Switzerland.  31 Aug 2010 Switzerland 2011 Bank Holidays Announced (Association suisse des banquiers-Geneva) The Association suisse des banquiers has published the list of bank holidays for 2011 in Switzerland.  27 Aug 2009 Switzerland Asked To Relax Rules For 3 Public Holidays (kipa + apic-Freiburg) The business council of Switzerland's Canton of Solothurn (Office cantonal des arts et métiers-KGV) has petitioned the region's government to allow stores to open on 3 of the region's specific religious public holidays.  26 Mar 2009 Switzerland Adds Labour Day Public Holiday In Neuchatel Canton (Le Matin-Lausanne) Switzerland's State Council has decided that, starting in 2010, the Canton of Neuchâtel would observe the May 1st, Labour Day public holiday, currently observed by 9 of Switzerland's 26 Cantons.  28 Jan 2009 Switzerland Keeps May 1st Public Holiday In Zurich Canton (Tages Anzeiger-Zürich) The Consultative Commission (Kommission des Kantonsrates) of Switzerland's Zürich Canton has rejected an SVP motion to cancel the May 1st public holiday and replace it with a "joker" holiday to be chosen from a shortlist of other possible commemorative dates.  13 Jan 2008 Switzerland's Zurich Canton Considering Scrapping May 1st Public Holiday (Tages Anzeiger-Zürich) The leader of the SVP parliamentary group, Alfred Heer, has steered a bill through that would remove May 1st from the list of public holidays in the Canton of Zürich.  24 May 2007 Switzerland's 2007 National Day Public Holiday Loses Its Legendary Venue (Le Temps) The Commission du Grütli announced, earlier today that, in 2007, there would be no celebration of Switzerland's National Day public holiday on the legendary Plaine du Grütli.  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Switzerland public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.

Background Information

In addition to national public holidays, there are also religious and local public holidays. Public holidays vary from canton to canton; even some cities have their own.  (in September) Entire Switzerland, but the date is different in GE. • All Saints' Day: (November 1) Catholic regions: AG (partly), AI, FR (partly), GL, GR (partly), JU, LU, NW, OW, SG, SO, SZ, TI, UR, VS, ZG. • Immaculate Conception Day: (December 8) Catholic regions: AG (partly), AI, FR (partly), GR (partly), LU, NW, OW, SO (partly), SZ, TI, UR, VS, ZG. • Saint Stephen's Day: Entire Switzerland except GE, JU, NE, VD, VS. • New Year's Eve: (December 31) Only GE.  Swiss Canton Abbreviations: AG: Aargau AI: Appenzell Innerrhoden AR: Appenzell Ausserrhoden BS: Basel-Stadt BL: Basel-Landschaft BE: Bern FR: Fribourg GE: Geneva GL: Glarus GR: Graubünden JU: Jura LU: Lucerne NE: Neuchâtel NW: Nidwalden OW: Obwalden SH: Schaffhausen SZ: Schwyz SO: Solothurn SG: St. Gallen TG: Thurgau TI: Ticino UR: Uri VS: Valais VD: Vaud ZG: Zug ZH: Zürich.  Switzerland International Codes CH and CHE (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .ch (ICANN national top-level internet domain). • Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Switzerland information and news: Swiss National Bank (Switzerland central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Switzerland maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Switzerland), and Wikipedia (includes Switzerland commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Switzerland, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions.

In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Switzerland, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Switzerland, before planning any trip to Switzerland. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.

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